Despite small increases in energy bills, British homeowners are still paying more than ever. Wholesale prices are falling, so we may see further decreases over the coming year.
However, the best way to save money on your gas and electricity is to improve the efficiency of your home, and it could save you just as much money as switching your supplier.
Why it’s time to change your windows
About 20 per cent of your home’s heat is lost through the windows and doors. Unlike the walls, and the roof, you can’t insulate windows and doors, although heavy curtains can help to keep the heat in.
But in order to achieve serious savings, you need to look at the quality of the windows and doors themselves.
All too often, homeowners soldier on with windows that are past their best. If you’re thinking of replacing your windows, or you’re a builder working on a refurbishment project, there are plenty of good reasons to invest in A-rated double glazed windows.
Old windows and energy loss
Single glazed windows are a primary cause of energy loss from buildings. Single panes of glass simply can’t trap heat inside, and it doesn’t have any of the insulating properties of double glazing.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, an upgrade to double glazing in a typical detached home could save the homeowner up to £160 a year. That’s assuming you choose A-rated windows, which are the most efficient windows on the market.
In a semi-detached home, you could save up to £110 a year; in a bungalow, savings could be up to £55 annually. You can see how these figures are calculated on the Energy Saving Trust website.
Factors that contribute to energy efficiency
Much of the heat lost through the walls of a house is actually lost through tiny gaps around windows and doors. That’s why the quality of fitting is so important. If you’re going to buy your windows from us, with a view to fitting them yourself, it’s important to ensure the windows are airtight so that the wind can’t whistle through.
Proper fitting will also prevent excessive noise from outside, which is essential if you live on a busy road.
A-rated double glazing also prevents heat transfer, using both warm edge spacer bars, and inert gases between the window panes. Low-E glass allows the warmth of the sun to heat your home naturally, and it helps to stop heat from exiting through the panes.
Get your energy-efficient upgrade
When you order windows through Your Price Windows, you get the expertise of our team as standard. We have 25 years’ experience in the double glazing industry, and we’ve been delivering high quality windows and doors throughout the south east of England. Everything is made on-site at our factory in Surrey.
If it’s time to bring your energy bills down, invest in a full window replacement. Our energy efficient double glazing is available to both trade and public customers, and we’re here to advise you if you’re not sure what to choose. Get in touch today and find out how much you could save.